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Dentures in San Francisco, CA: Removable and Permanent

Partial and Complete Dentures

Dentures can be a convenient solution for those who suffer from tooth loss. At our San Francisco, CA dental office, we offer both full and partial dentures to help our patients restore their smiles. Whether you lack a few teeth or an entire arch, we can create custom dentures that look natural and fit comfortably. Contact our dental team to schedule a consultation and see if dentures are the right solution for you.

Who needs dentures?

Dentures have been around for a long time and are still widely used today. They are a tried-and-true way to replace missing teeth and give people back their smiles. But who needs dentures, and when should they be used? Dentures provide a removable dental restoration for those missing all or most of their teeth. They are custom-made to look and feel like natural teeth and can be taken out for cleaning. Dentures may be an option if you struggle with tooth loss and do not have any other viable treatment options due to issues like gum disease and tooth decay. 

What does getting dentures involve?

If you are considering dentures, the first step is to schedule a consultation with our office. We will evaluate your smile during your consultation and discuss all of your treatment options. Then, if dentures are right for you, we will take dental impressions of your mouth to create your custom dentures. It usually takes two weeks for dentures to be made in our dental lab, so in the meantime, we may provide you with a temporary set of dentures to wear. Once your dentures are ready, we will schedule another appointment for you to come in and have them fitted.

Types of Dentures at Azure Dental

Our dental team can help you decide which is the best type for you. Different denture materials include acrylic plastic, metal, or a combination of both. In addition, they may be removable dentures or fixed. Each kind has benefits and drawbacks, so it is essential to understand the different options.

Partial Dentures

If you are missing several teeth, partial dentures may be a good option. Partial dentures are custom-made to fit over the remaining natural teeth and gums. They can help restore your smile and chewing ability. A partial denture is a removable dental solution that replaces missing teeth. It consists of artificial teeth (dentures) attached to a pink or gum-colored plastic base, fitted over the remaining teeth. 

Complete Dentures

If you are missing almost all of your teeth, full dentures can be the solution for you. Full dentures are dental prosthetics that replace all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw – or both. They are usually made of acrylic base and personalized to match your natural tooth color.

Implant-Supported Dentures

Implant-supported dentures (also known as permanent dentures) are a kind of denture that is held in place by dental implants. Unlike traditional dentures that rely on natural suction and dental adhesive to stay in place, implant dentures use titanium screws that are surgically implanted into the jawbone to hold the denture in place. This type of denture is considered more stable and comfortable than traditional dentures, and it can also help preserve bone mass in the jaw. 

Denture Care

Proper denture care is essential to maintain the longevity and appearance of your dentures. Here are some tips on how to take care of your dentures:
  • After every meal, remove your dentures and rinse them thoroughly. This will help remove any food particles that may have become trapped between your dentures and your gums.
  • Brush your dentures daily to remove plaque and food particles, just like you would with natural teeth. Use a soft-bristle brush designed for dentures and a non-abrasive denture cleanser or mild soap. Avoid using regular toothpaste, as it can be too abrasive and cause damage to the denture surface.
  • Dentures should be soaked in a denture cleaning solution or plain water overnight to keep them moisturized and prevent them from drying out. This also helps to remove any stains or bacteria that may have accumulated throughout the day.
  • Handle your dentures with proper care. Dentures are delicate and can easily break if mishandled. When cleaning or storing dentures, do so over a towel or basin filled with water to cushion accidental slips.
  • Even if you wear dentures, it’s still important to maintain good oral hygiene. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to clean your gums, tongue, and any remaining natural teeth, to prevent bacteria buildup.
  • Dentures should never be placed in hot water as it can cause them to warp and twist.

Dentures vs. Dental Implants

If you are missing teeth, you have a few options for replacement – dentures and dental implants being the most common. Each option has its benefits and drawbacks, so it is important to understand each one entails before deciding.  Here is a look at some of the pros and cons of each.

Pros and Cons of Dentures

  • Can be removed
  • Less stable and comfortable than implants
  • Less expensive than implants
  • It can be completed in one visit
  • No surgery is required

Pros and Cons of Dental Implants

  • More stable and comfortable than dentures
  • Look and function more like natural teeth
  • Longer lasting than dentures
  • More expensive than dentures
  • Requires surgery for placement

Contact Our Dental Office in San Francisco, CA

If you require dentures, our dental office is here to help. We have a wide variety of denture options that will suit your needs, and we will work with you to find the best solution for your smile. Our dental team is experienced in providing quality dentures, and we will make sure that you are comfortable and happy with your new teeth.  Call our team today to make an appointment and see how we can help you get back to smiling confidently.